She calls herself “God’s Cheerleader” and this morning Vanessa Davis Griggs cheered a roomful of authors and future authors to put pen to paper and sow into themselves.
Griggs kicked off a daylong workshop designed to introduce budding writers to different genres for which they can write. The event is sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) at the University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences.
According to Griggs, being in the right place may mean turning off the TV. She talked about going to workshops such as one on book marketing sponsored by Mark Victor Hansen who had the successful Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
She applauded the BFSA for sponsoring the event for a nominal fee and those who are taking action to make their writing dreams a reality.
Griggs, a former Bellsouth employee and library worker gave rousing 30-minute address that includes anecdotes from her path to becoming an author.
She’s the author of novels such as Destiny Unlimited, The Rose of Jericho, Promises Beyond Jordan. Her book Practicing What You Preach is the number-one Bestselling Christian Fiction for the June 2009 BCCN1/BCBC National Bestsellers List.
She also writes articles for The Birmingham Times, a black weekly newspaper.
“When I left I had no book deal,” Griggs who recalled how her faith and persistence paid off.
From tips on being a self-publisher to getting a book deal and the importance of prayer, her remarks were full of bits of advice
“When you get rejected and feeling a little down, I want you to give yourself a hug.”